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The eleven-foot model

During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.

Did You Know that Felix Locher is the earliest born Star Trek performer and coincidentally, played Robert Johnson, a character who was one of the last to die from premature old age on Gamma Hydra IV?

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Today in Trek history

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1914
Alan Marston is born.
1931
William Wintersole is born.
1932
Jeanette Miller is born.
1938
Michael Bell is born.
1947
Todd Ramsay is born.
1948
Carel Struycken is born.
1963
Robert Kerbeck is born.
1966
Final draft script for TOS: "Dagger of the Mind" is submitted.
Chris Sprouse is born.
1968
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "The Empath". The escape from the Vians' lab is filmed today.
Final draft scrip for TOS: "The Tholian Web" is submitted.
1975
James Blish dies.
1977
Javier Botet is born.
1985
Mary Wiseman is born.
1987
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Haven".
Revised final draft script of TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before" is submitted.
1990
First day of filming on TNG: "Brothers".
1991
Second day of filming on TNG: "Ensign Ro".
1997
Second day of filming on VOY: "Scientific Method".
1998
Third day of filming on DS9: "Afterimage".
2001
First day of filming on ENT: "Unexpected".
2002
Eighth day of filming on ENT: "Minefield".
2003
First day of filming on ENT: "Rajiin".
2004
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Storm Front, Part II".
2015
Twenty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek Beyond.
2019
Cosmo Genovese dies.

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